Everyone strives for success in their business lives. We each do everything we can to attain a high level of proficiency and to be considered the best at what we do.

Some of us make it to the top of our chosen professions and are able to maintain that status. Many who accomplish this like Miami based Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch executive, represent a culmination of hard work and adhering to the rules that create success.

Here he shares some of the attributes he has had to take on in order to excel in his profession. This information is helpful for anyone in any profession who seeks to reach the top.


Honesty is often difficult to introduce in a business because feelings about honesty can be unpredictable. So people will often evade a topic or choose not to speak about it rather than offer their honest opinion. But in order to make the best decisions at a company honesty must be a core operating component. It should start at the top of the organization because this says to employees that being honest is not only appreciated, it is expected.


Persistence means that you will continue to push no matter the odds or how many times you have not succeeded. When you have a never give up type of attitude, it shows how confident you are in the belief that your business is a winner. People rally around this type of attitude because often they are unsure of what the future will bring, and everyone wants to be associated with a winner.


Excellence is a quality whose importance can never be overstated. Excellence means that you can set the standard for whatever you do, and control both the pricing and positioning of your company’s products and services. When you decide to maintain high standards at your company with regard to how you conduct your business, the types of products and services you offer, your customer service, and particularly the way you treat your employees, you set a standard that challenges everyone involved with your business to meet.

Starting with yourself and holding everyone else to these high standards will raise the quality of everything that you are doing.  When those involved with your business experience being around these high levels of quality, they will take on the same attributes necessary to maintain and even increase the level of excellence at your business.


Empathy is a core human emotion that makes us who we are and helps us to connect us with each other. Empathy is a part of caring and we have an opportunity to take on empathy when we are in a superior position to others. If we are running a company, we are in a dominant position to our employees and have an opportunity to use empathy as a tool to show them that we care about their well-being.

We can also use it to show that you are all have the same goals at the company which is to reach the highest levels of success together. Empathy is often overlooked at a business but when you ask people about their reasons for loving their work, they put the company and co-workers caring about their well-being near or at the top of the list.